I was stymied by the #1 shellplate that accepted .45ACP cases yet was binding on ejection – I thought the “E-ZJect” mechanism, which consists of an angled nub on the sub-plate, was cast wrongly or machined with a bad angle…so in the end I called Hornady.
What nice people., seriously. I had my wires crossed, the #45 shellplate is the correct one for .45ACP – and was ‘specially engineered just-so to accommodate that casing. The #1 plate is for .30-06. I also wasn’t scolded or made to feel inferior (*cough*Graff*cough*) for using the wrong shellplate or even being in California, and was invited to take a tour if I ever get out there like for a family Reunion or something (Brady, Cozad, Broken Bow are family places).
Now the cases flick to the floor with proper agility and I can continue the set-up.
It rained – unarguably a Good Thing especially now that The Drought is officially recognized by our Washington DC God-Who-Walks-Among-Men, and the rain-barrel filled-up! Woot! Murky gray water (because Gray-Plastic Barrel!) – with a bunch of pollen from the pine-trees and mini pine-cone goobers. Actually when you skim-off the pollen the water is very clear. The weather report said we only got few tenth’s of an inch, but it filled…and so to The Drought which many may have recently heard of, it being a Media Sensation and Photo Op.
As I told a friend (perhaps wrongly as some will attest – but that’s why it’s a vicious Water-War, not a tea and crumpets Water Symposium at the Always Correct BigUniversity).
The drought is an impact – we’re kinda up the hill from it and get our water from El Dorado Irrigation district that precedes the Folsom Dam catchment basin/area and collects off the Tahoe/Western Slope runoff. “The Drought” (now that it’s official) has actually been building for the past four-something years, as Fed regulations (EPA/BLM/etc.) and dumbass CA State restrictions/lobbying groups has diverted agricultural water to keep the Delta Smelt wet, while maintaining a water dump-rate/spill-rate going OUT of the reservoirs until there is near zero capacity remaining… California water wars have created a man-made drought. Now Obama steps in to proclaim Free Money for the impacted/needy – can you spell Regulatory Capture? Water Wars, Farm Subsidy wars – it’s a living I guess, and if you’re a Politician you milk it for all its worth, exploiting one disaster after another to catch more and more people in the Gov.’s loving embrace.
In response to a post by Drang at ClueMeter, I was prompted to think about events and conversations in CCW class last weekend. The instructor, a fairly young early-40′s disability-retired cop who walks with a cane and limp, said that in his experience during the high stress factors of shoot/about-to-shoot/done-shootin’ – your hands go numb and your vision tunneled, so he recommends training for clearance/charging drills with the whole-hand grab on the slide, not the finger/thumb slingshot.
Also he mentioned, that afterwards don’t even bother to try and talk or converse because the ringing in your ears just flattens all the words and makes phone-calls just unrecognizable gibberish. AND remember to just STFU *afterwards* and DO NOT give up your right to shut-up. It’s a hard right to remember, especially in that moment, because silence is a negative thing not a positive expression – and we are accustomed to the 1st Amendment of Free Speech (and not taking the 5th). But “Afterwards” is not the time or place for an outpouring of expression – especially to Cops, but despite that fact people just open-up and blab and blab when the adrenaline tapers off…
Our new BFF Bill the Plumber came by on Monday and we talked about it – he envisions a whole array.I’m not so sure that these are the type I want to use for that, but another Pineapple Express is lining up out in the Pacific and we should get some drenching – it was about seven inches last weekend and I want to see what would fill this thing.
I set it up level on some cinder-blocks that I found laying around in the “basement,” and fed the connector through the lattice where it ties into the downspout with a rubber diverter inserted into a hole (hole-saw supplied in DIY kit) that is also supposed to work as an overflow relief when the tank is full… We’ll see about that.
It’s been coming down at a steady pace since 10:00AM and decorative wine-cask flower-pots outside the Bel Air Market were already half-full by 2:45PM – YAY! Our down-spouts need a catchment system, but we had other chores today – it’s now on the list for Drought Mountain… The expectation is 7″ of rain in the High Country (above 6,000′) and five in the lower regions – all feeding-in. Yay! Soon we will have rain barrels – perhaps some nice oak ones from a nearby vineyard? We’re in Wine Country after all, and Gold Country, and…you name it.
UPDATE: Saturday began at 6:30AM with a drenching rain that has continued into today (Sunday). The CHL class went fine, with a lot of people in attendance for CCW renewals or just newbies like me, at the local Holiday Inn. A good round of basic gun-instruction and Legal discussion, including a portion lead by an Attorney) led to a late lunchtime before we went off to the range in the rain to qualify. Friends of the Instructor (John Daniels – NRA, DOJ, BCI – a disability-retired Cop) have a ranch about a mile down past Latrobe, and they set-up some white awnings to keep us dry (mostly). After trudging through the mud down to the OK Coral everybody hit the sodden cardboard targets and got signed-off, prepared to begin the Sheriff’s website process. I hung a left on South Shingle Road and headed home around 4:30PM in the gloaming, with the wet stuff still pelting down.
We really need this rain and maybe now NBC or CBS or whoever will get off the “California Running Dry” meme, however this steady 3-days-of-rain (and counting) will only partiality fill the lakes and reservoirs, and the Irrigation District will likely ratchet up the cost of water regardless. So I’m still going to rig a catchment system but maybe I already missed the window of opportunity since it’s just sluicing down still – but we’re simply not going out in just to get some rain-barrels at Lowes…